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September 16, 2009
Twenty-Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time
By Brian Pizzalato

First ?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /ReadingWis. 2:12, 17-20?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /

Responsorial Psalm – Ps. 54:3-4, 5, 6-8

Second ReadingJam. 3:16-4:3

Gospel ReadingMk. 9:30-37

 

In this Sunday’s Gospel reading from Mark we have Jesus predicting for a second time his Passion, Death and Resurrection. This second prediction, like the first, is followed by a blunderous...

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September 09, 2009
Twenty-Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time
By Brian Pizzalato

First ?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /ReadingIs. 50:4c-9a

Responsorial Psalm – Ps. 116:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 8-9

Second ReadingJam. 2:14-18

Gospel ReadingMk. 8:27-35

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This Sunday’s reading from the Gospel of Mark brings us all the way to Caesarea Philippi about 25 miles north of the Sea of Galilee where Jesus and the disciples are coming from. He brings...

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September 02, 2009
Twenty-Third Sunday of Ordinary Time
By Brian Pizzalato

First ?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /ReadingIs. 35:4-7a

Responsorial Psalm – Ps. 146:7, 8-9, 9-10

Second ReadingJam. 2:1-5

Gospel ReadingMk. 7:31-37

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In this Sunday’s Gospel reading from Mark, Jesus journeys to the Decapolis, a district of ten Gentile cities. Right away we know that the mercy of God is being extended not to the Jews alone, but...

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August 26, 2009
Twenty-Second Sunday of Ordinary Time
By Brian Pizzalato

First ReadingDt. 4:1-2, 6-8

Responsorial PsalmPs. 15:2-3, 3-4, 4-5

Second ReadingJam. 1:17-18, 21b-22, 27

Gospel ReadingMk. 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

This Sunday, after having heard from John 6 for the last five weeks, we now return to the Gospel of Mark. In the reading from Mark for the twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary time, coupled with the Old Testament reading from the book of Deuteronomy, we learn that sometimes we just don’t learn.

What we hear from the book of...

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August 19, 2009
Twenty-First Sunday of Ordinary Time
By Brian Pizzalato

First ?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /ReadingJosh. 24:1-2a, 15-17, 18b?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /

Responsorial PsalmPs. 34:2-3, 16-17, 18-19, 20-21

Second ReadingEph. 5:21-32

Gospel ReadingJn. 6:60-69

 

In this Sunday’s Gospel reading from St. John, the tension of chapter six, and the Bread of Life Discourse is raised to its climax. Through John 6, Jesus has been more and...

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August 12, 2009
Twentieth Sunday of Ordinary Time
By Brian Pizzalato

First ?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /ReadingProv. 9:1-6?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /

Responsorial PsalmPs. 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7

Second ReadingEph. 5:15-20

Gospel ReadingJn. 6:51-58

 

In last Sunday’s Gospel reading from the extremely important sixth chapter of John, Jesus said, “I am the living bread which came down from heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live for...

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August 05, 2009
Nineteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time
By Brian Pizzalato

First ?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /Reading1 Kgs. 19:4-8?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /

Responsorial Psalm – Ps. 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9

Second ReadingEph. 4:30-5:2

Gospel ReadingJn. 6:41-51

 

In John 6:1-15 Jesus miraculously fed the five thousand by multiplying a mere five loaves and two fish. The very next day the people that Jesus fed come to seek him out. Jesus, however,...

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July 29, 2009
Eighteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time
By Brian Pizzalato

First ?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /Reading – Ex. 16:2-4, 12-15?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /

Responsorial PsalmPs. 78:3-4, 23-24, 25, 54

Second ReadingEph. 4:17, 20-24

Gospel ReadingJn. 6:24-35

 

Last Sunday we were introduced to the opening section of John 6, when Jesus performs a miracle in order to feed five thousand men. This Sunday’s Gospel continues the narrative of...

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July 22, 2009
Seventeenth Sunday of Ordinary Time
By Brian Pizzalato

First ?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /Reading2 Kgs. 4:42-44?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /

Responsorial PsalmPs. 145:10-11, 15-16, 17-18

Second ReadingEph. 4:1-6

Gospel ReadingJn. 6:1-15

 

Introductory comments

 

For the next five Sundays of Ordinary Time (Seventeenth – Twenty-First) the Gospel readings will not be taken from the Gospel of Mark, but from the very important...

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July 15, 2009
Sixteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time
By Brian Pizzalato

First ?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /ReadingJer. 23:1-6?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /

Responsorial PsalmPs. 23:1-3, 3-4, 5, 6

Second ReadingEph. 2:13-18

Gospel ReadingMk. 6:30-34

 

In this Sunday’s Gospel, Mark tells us how Jesus has compassion on a great crowd, and how the people were “like sheep without a shepherd,” and Jesus goes on to teach them, and then feed the...

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